Hot Plate: Our First Meal in Malaysia
Delayed flights meant we were up all night traveling. We arrive in Kuala Lumpur a few hours ago, via Doha, exhausted and starving. While the estimated time of arrival was 2:30 pm, we landed at 4 pm and checked-in the hotel by 7 pm.
It is raining when we left the airport. The metered taxi that takes us to our hotel in the city center costs MYR 130. I’ll review the hotel in another post.
We walk around the area deciding what to eat. The streets are lined up with restaurants serving Middle Eastern/Levantine cuisine. All the chairs along the footpath are filled with men smoking sheesha. Arabic songs are blaring from within the smoke-filled restaurants.
There is a restaurant serving tikka and dosa. We skip this.
We keep walking until we spot a mall called Fahrenheit 88. It is filled with people taking pictures of the gigantic Christmas tree. I spot Pikachu dancing enthusiastically outside a shoe store, scaring children in the process.
Upstairs, there’s a small food court. We learn that all the food served here is halal.
Fresh, chilled young coconut. It’s filled to the brim with sweet coconut water. An absolute delight to drink! MYR 7.30 each.
Masood’s Black Pepper Chicken Noodles. MYR 9.9
My Black Pepper Seafood Rice. MYR 13.9
We request for both dishes to be spicy. Turns out these are already hot so you don’t really need to tell them to make it spicy. While Masood was able to polish his noodles off, I couldn’t finish my rice because it was too hot. While both taste good, Masood’s chicken was the better tasting dish. My seafood rice only had one prawn in it.
We walk around a bit after dinner and end up going to that restaurant I mentioned earlier – the one selling tikka and dosa. We order two chai, each costing MYR 3. It’s the sort of well-cooked chai that we prefer back home.
Too tired to explore any further, we return to the hotel. Tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep, I’ll meet Kuala Lumpur properly!
What were your favorite food when you visited Malaysia?